Inside Erikson | April 2021 Newsletter

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April, 2021 – In Chicago, April is traditionally a month when we start spending more time outdoors, reconnecting with nature, and greeting neighbors we haven’t seen during the cold winter months. This Spring, the importance of human connection is even more pronounced, as our society gradually begins to “open up” with increasing vaccination rates and the hope that we can safely begin reuniting with family and friends.

In the past month, the Erikson community has come together in solidarity around three key social issues. We affirmed our institutional values by releasing public statements on the poverty-fighting impact of federal support for families with young children in the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief bill, needed improvements for Illinois’ childcare system, and opposition to Anti-Asian hate crimes. Using our collective Erikson voice to speak out on behalf of children, families, communities, and anyone impacted by hate is one way we seek to make positive change in our world.

Read this month’s issue of Inside Erikson to learn more about what’s happening at Erikson, inside and outside our halls.

Erikson Updates

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Erikson announces online Master of Social Work program

We are proud to share that we now offer an online Master of Social Work degree. Students will be provided with meaningful coursework, professional advising, and ongoing career support, with the convenience of online delivery. This three-year, part-time program starts this Fall. Learn more about the program here.

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Barbara Bowman profiled on NBC Chicago

NBC Chicago aired a profile on Erikson co-founder Barbara Bowman to celebrate the culmination of Women’s History Month. The piece explores Barbara’s family history, the founding of Erikson, her contributions to the early childhood field, and features a special appearance from Barbara’s daughter, Valerie Jarrett. Watch the segment here

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Film event and panel discussion recording

On March 30, Erikson’s President’s Council proudly hosted a conversation on the compelling documentary Through the Night. The discussion, which centered caregivers and the supports they need, was moderated by WBEZ’s education reporter Susie An. The event convened the film’s director Lorai Limbal, the film’s subjects Deloris and Patrick Hogan, and Marisol Valencia, and Erikson research scientist Dr. Juliet Bromer. Watch a recording of the panel discussion here

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LGBTQIA+ parenting group

More sessions have been added! Join Erikson’s Fussy Baby Network for a virtual LGBTQIA+ parent group for families with infants 0-1 year. They’ll be meeting on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. CST. To receive a link, email [email protected]

Refer-a-student program

Erikson’s refer-a-student program offers rewards to Erikson students, staff, faculty, or alumni who refer candidates to our degree or certificate programs. The prospective students referred to Erikson will also have a chance to win prizes, including a waiver of their $200 matriculation fee. Visit to learn more—including FAQs about the program—and submit a referral through our easy-to-use form. Questions? Contact Marketing and Communications.

April 2021 Events

Virtual Information Sessions

On April 15 from 5-6 p.m., members of Erikson’s Enrollment Management team will host a virtual information session exploring our Child Development Master’s Program. Register here. And on April 21 from 5-6 p.m., they will host a session about financial aid options and share more about scholarships, grants, and our financial aid process. Register to attend here.

2021 National Math Fest

The 2021 National Math Fest will take place virtually this year starting Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18. Attendees will enjoy hands-on, interactive activities, and can explore resources for math play at home or in the classroom. Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative will present on a variety of topics. Register to attend for free here.

Erikson in the News

Erikson’s Senior Policy Advisor pens op-ed for Chicago Tribune

Erikson’s Senior Policy Advisor, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas, penned an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune exploring new teaching standards, and how they’ll benefit students, including bilingual learners. Dr. Pacione-Zayas was also featured in this profile from Illinois Times.

Dr. Juliet Bromer quoted in Vox article about child care

Erikson research scientist Dr. Juliet Bromer was quoted in this Vox article about how our child care system can be reimagined.

Barbara Bowman on NBC Chicago

Erikson co-founder and professor Barbara Bowman was profiled by NBC Chicago for Women’s History Month. Watch the segment here.

Dr. Tonya Bibbs on WBEZ to discuss Dr. Seuss

Erikson Associate Professor Dr. Tonya Bibbs was a guest on WBEZ’s show “Reset” to discuss the books with racist and insensitive imagery that Dr. Seuss Enterprises will cease publishing. “It’s really important to think about what these kinds of books and images do for children in terms of inviting problematic and stereotypical images of people,” she said. Listen to the segment here.

Chicago Parent magazine speaks with Erikson expert

Erikson Senior Instructor Jennifer Rosinia was featured in a video series for Chicago Parent magazine explaining the benefits of camp for children. Watch the video here.

Erikson alum in featured in Chalkbeat article

Zachary Trail, an Erikson alum and member of our Enrollment Management team, was featured in this Chalkbeat story about how teachers have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

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About Erikson

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Graduate Education

Recognized for our groundbreaking work in the field of early childhood, Erikson specializes in preparing child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children, families, and their communities. Click here for more information on our degree and certificate programs, or email our admissions team.

Clinical and Community Services

As we adapt to these unexpected and challenging times due to COVID-19, Erikson’s Center for Children and Families is offering virtual mental health services to parents, caregivers, and children, as well as crisis counseling and consultation to support first responders and early childcare providers and teachers. Services can be provided in both English and Spanish, and are available to families regardless of their ability to pay.

We have also re-opened our River North clinic for services that require in-person assessments, including Early Intervention Medical and Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Evaluations.

Our Fussy Baby Network, which helps families struggling with their infants’ crying, sleeping, or feeding, has also pivoted to provide more of its services, like home visits, in a virtual environment.

Policy and Leadership

Erikson’s Policy and Leadership department engages leaders in government, business, and nonprofit sectors to inform effective policies that benefit children and families. They offer unique programming that equips decision-makers and influencers with the resources, skills, and deep knowledge about early childhood development that will support their efforts to make lasting change. Learn more about our Policy and Leadership.

Give to Erikson

The first 1,100 days of life set the stage for a child’s long-term physical and emotional health, socioeconomic trajectory, life expectancy, happiness, and well-being. Can we count on you to make a gift to strengthen our ability to serve children and families, as well as our students, faculty, and staff, during this time? Your support for Erikson prepares the heroes in young children’s lives—teachers, social workers, civic leaders, parents and caregivers—to get them safely through this crisis so they can soar into promising futures. Please donate here.

More Ways To Connect

Learn more about Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative and TEC Center.